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Eurovolley Pool B: Belgium claim a ticket for 1/8 finals, Serbia win in straight sets against Slovakia.

Hosts Belgium cruised to an emphatic straight-setter against Spain to extend their unbeaten run to three matches and reserve their place among the last 16 of EuroVolley 2019. Spain recorded their second defeat in the pool and will have to look for change of course in the next three matches. Belgium’s Sam Deroo top scored for Belgium, piling up as many as 21 points, including four winning blocks and one ace. Victor Rodríguez Pérez was Spain’s only scorer to reach a double digits performance: 10 points. Next, Spain meet Serbia on Monday, while Belgium enjoy a day off before facing Slovakia on Tuesday.

Jordi Ramón Ferragut, Outside spiker of Spain:
Belgium were really strong today and it was very hard to give them any trouble and find many scoring opportunities against them.”

Tomas Rousseaux, Outside spiker of Belgium:
We left a lot of emotions on the court yesterday, so today it is really nice to win again before our rest day tomorrow.”

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Serbia did not allow any surprises in their second match at EuroVolley 2019: they played a strong performance on the way to a 3-0 win over Slovakia to hand the opponent their first defeat in three matches played. Without key players such as Aleksandar Atanasijevic, Marko Podrascanin and captain Nemanja Petric on the starting line-up, Serbia played high level to close the match in straight sets. Kovacevic was the match’s top scorer on 17 points, including four winning blocks. Middle blocker Krsmanovic scored four aces and four blocks for a total of 11 points. Matej Patak scored 12 times for Slovakia. On Monday, Serbia take on winless Spain, while Slovakia have a day off before their match with unbeaten Belgium on Tuesday.

Uros Kovacevic, Outside spiker of Serbia, best scorer of the match
The tournament is long and we came here with 13 great players who can play whenever they are asked to. We played a good game and it was kind of what we had expected. We knew we were better and that’s what we showed on the court. We are one of the best teams in the world and we don’t want to settle for anything less than the European title.

Matej Patak, Outside spiker of Slovakia:
I’m happy with how we played even though we lost 3-0. Small things, especially in the end of the sets, is what made the difference. This was a good game for us to prepare the following matches. The rest day tomorrow will come just in time to get our energy back on track.

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2019 CEV European Volleyball Championship, pool stage – Day 4:

POOL A (Montpellier, France)
Romania – Italy 1-3 (15:25, 14:25, 25:23, 14:25)
Portugal – France 0-3 (19:25, 18:25, 19:25)

POOL B (Brussels & Antwerp, Belgium)
Spain – Belgium 0-3 (17:25, 21:25, 14:25)
Serbia – Slovakia 3-0 (25:19, 25:20, 25:21)

POOL C (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Belarus – Finland 3-2 (13:25, 17:25, 30:28, 25:22, 15:13)
Turkey – Slovenia 0-3 (28:30, 16:25, 23:25)

POOL D (Rotterdam & Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Netherlands – Poland 0-3 (19:25, 18:25, 19:25)
Czech Republic – Estonia 3-0 (25:18, 34:32, 28:26)

Source and Photos: CEV.

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